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Rash on arms and legs

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  • Posted By: kinyeah
  • January 18, 2009
  • 00:14 AM

I am not sure at all if this is or could be related to everything else I am going thru, I am going to assume not, if anyone thinks differently let me know!
I have been getting a rash on and off for a while now, it is tiny raised pinks bumps in clusters on the back of my arms and on the front of my legs. It wakes me up in the middle of the night almost nightly(or from a nap if I am warm) but then fades as the day goes on. I have tried baby oil baths, aveeno dry itch body lotion, benedryl and nothing seems to help it always comes back. This happens at least 4 or more times a week. I would honestly say that it is the worst itch I have ever had. I have not switched laundry detergent,eaten new foods, taken any medicine. My house is very clean, have not traveled anywhere. not been in a hot tub or swimming pool have not been exposed to new radiation lol....
I don't know what to try! I do not want to waste time or further questions with my doctor on it when no one can give me a diagnosis for my major problems.

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  • Dear Kinyeah,I have read your symptoms and believe that the "rash" may be an allergic reaction to your clothing, sheets, or blankets. Though you may think it's impossible that you suddenly become allergic to something, I must add that it is very possible to suddenly become allergic to something. You could also be allergic to your lotions, or perfume.Why it only appears on your arms and not your entire body, the reason may be because of the exposure to the allergen is more on your arms and legs. Consider what you've been wearing or using on your arms and legs and you may find the problem.Keep in mind that the possibility that you suddenly become allergic to something is small, but it does happen so you shouldn't be too alarmed.The reason why the allergy items, like benedryl, do not work are probably because your body has built up an immunity and thus it has no affect.I am a bit skeptic, however, and wish to know if the other thing you are going through has to do with menopause, stress, etc. Things like this may help us in giving you a more elaborate diagnosis.I hope this helps you and hope there will be someone who can help you more than I can.
    Tiedye 31 Replies
    • January 18, 2009
    • 06:13 AM
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  • Is the rash symmetrical?Are you taking any kind of medicine?If you are,that could be the etiology of the rash.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • January 18, 2009
    • 02:23 PM
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  • The rash is caused by an immune reaction of some type. One often becomes immune reactive to things you weren't immune reactive to in the past. The status of the immune system is important, and accumulated toxics such as mercury (dental amalgams, fish,etc.) weaken the immune system and make it more susceptable to immune effects. Inflammation is a factor in such conditions, with inflammatory cytokines such as TNFa and interleukin-6. Anti inflammatories that can be helpful include turmeric(curcumin), green tea and black tea (or extracts), DHEA, etc. For chronic immune reactivity, there are tests for immune reactivity to common allergens such as toxic metals: mercury, nickel, etc., perfume ingredients, etc. (such as www.melisa.org)
    berniew1 37 Replies
    • January 18, 2009
    • 02:49 PM
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  • Not taking any medicines at all.not going thru menopauseand hmm never heard of cytokins before now that appears on two unrelated threads.....interesting.. Is it possible that this is related after all???? I hate to throw soemthing else at my doctor and confuse him more....
    kinyeah 31 Replies
    • January 18, 2009
    • 03:00 PM
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  • Inflammatory cytokines are involved in most inflammatory, allergic conditions, and treating with anti-inflammatory usually helpful irregardless of the cause. But figuring out the cause and avoiding it is even more helpful. Detoxification including colonics and cleanses can help unload the immune system and is usually helpful as well. Several in my family have had rashes, hives, even shingles and the things I mentioned helped in most cases. I had hives somewhat similar to yours but over more of the body recently, related I think to medication for a biological caused condition. There are also immune boosters, various herbs, etc. that can help. I take Shaklee Nutriferon currently but there are lots of others.
    berniew1 37 Replies
    • January 20, 2009
    • 00:25 AM
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  • Try Zyrtec. I have to take it daily because I will break out in hives on and off all day every day. Doctors have not been able to give me a diagnosis either but its the only thing I've found that stops the itch and prevents the hives.I am not sure at all if this is or could be related to everything else I am going thru, I am going to assume not, if anyone thinks differently let me know!I have been getting a rash on and off for a while now, it is tiny raised pinks bumps in clusters on the back of my arms and on the front of my legs. It wakes me up in the middle of the night almost nightly(or from a nap if I am warm) but then fades as the day goes on. I have tried baby oil baths, aveeno dry itch body lotion, benedryl and nothing seems to help it always comes back. This happens at least 4 or more times a week. I would honestly say that it is the worst itch I have ever had. I have not switched laundry detergent,eaten new foods, taken any medicine. My house is very clean, have not traveled anywhere. not been in a hot tub or swimming pool have not been exposed to new radiation lol.... I don't know what to try! I do not want to waste time or further questions with my doctor on it when no one can give me a diagnosis for my major problems.
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  • Hi. I have the exact same thing. It started two night ago, just a few dozen itchy spots on my lower arms, shoulders and thighs that went away after a couple of hours. I thought they were mosquito bites. But tonight, it came back, but much worse. So many red bumps that my lower arms are all red and bumpy, and it's starting to spread to my lower legs and hands. Very itchy! Help! I took a reactine but it doesn't seem to help.
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  • I started getting these mosquito-like rashes too but they were not in clutters. The first time I got them, there were like 2-3 popping up at the same time in different places. They were very itchy and got worse if I scratched them, so I just leave them alone. After a few minutes, they would go away. I haven't gotten them anymore so I'm not sure what the cause is. Must be allergen reaction... But it's never happened to me in my entire life. Can a person suddenly become allergic to certain things? I thought allergy was innate right at birth and are not developed during the course of life?
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  • Hi, Last night after surfing the web for a few minutes I found a post from someone that suffered from sudden inexplicable rashes that went away after a few hours. He said that he discovered that, in his case, it was a bad reaction to Splenda, the articifical sweetener.On Friday and Sunday I chewed gum (Stride) about an hour before the symptoms appeared. In the last few weeks, I've been chewing gum (8-10 sticks/day) and eating a lot of sugar-free candy (quit smoking). I researched Splenda but also Aspartame (ingredient in my chewing gum) and sure enough an itchy rash is one of the 92 possible symptoms after ingesting aspartame. No more sugar-free stuff for me and we'll see how it goes in the future.As for allergies, they can develop all of a sudden, Boba. I have a friend who wasn't allergic to nuts or seeds. On evening she ate a bagel covered with sesame seeds... she went into anaphylactic shock. Even though you are not allergic to something today doesn't mean you won't be tomorrow.
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  • I too have4 this problem, it on my arms and legs. and i just got a laceration a fewdays back that requires stitching, i am on antibiotics and i do not know for sure what is causing the rash'
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  • I am 32 years old and have experienced this too. Last summer '10 I noticed a few tiny bumps on my upper right arm that itched. They were smaller than mosquito bites and really were similar to tiny pimples. I scratched them and a few hours later, my arm was very warm and swollen with what seemed like tons of clusters of the bumps. By the next day my left arm was the same and I began seeing splotches on my stomach and all over my legs. The splotches were not pimple like though. By the third day the clusters hardened together and my skin now looked flakey. On the morning of the fourth day I went to the dermatologist. He only wanted to give me creams to make the swelling go down because by this time it my arms felt as if they were on fire and were severly swollen. I asked him to take a biopsy instead and he did from my arm and leg. The results a week later were inconclusive. He said it could be contact dermatitis or eczema or...sometimes they just don't know. Of course this was very upsetting not being able to determine what was causing this sudden outbreak. He prescribed three creams for me: Fluocinonide ointment USP 0.05%, Triamcinolone Acetonide ointment USP 0.1% and Clobetasol Propionate Cream USP 0.05% to which were very expensive and found them much cheaper on RXZone.us than my insurance prescription cost. Anyway, I'm not sure if it was the combination of the ointments or the lapse in time, but in the course of a week, the rash was cleared up. I thought I was in the clear since it was gone, however, just a month ago in June '11, I noticed inflammation in my arms again in small patches. I still have the ointments so I appled again and by the next day, there were almost gone. Just 2 days ago, July 22, '11 the rash on my arms came back. I have applied the ointments since last night but I am still experiencing the warmth and the bumps. Maybe I am allergic to something that I am coming in contact with but I don't recall eating anything unusual, I'm using the same detergents and hair products, soaps so I'm clueless to what this actually is. I would be really disappointed thought to know this is something I will continue to experience for the rest of my life.
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  • Hey there people. I have been suffering from this temporary rash for the past three months. It occurs on my wrists, thighs, side, chest, and it lasts for maybe an hour or so. during the day and worse at night. It looks like a red patch, a little bumpy, very itchy, and warm to the touch. I have been using cortisone cream and Benadryl liquid ointment. At first I thought it was bed bugs because there were people in my apartment building that had them. None in my place. But I was wondering, I was with a girl right before it started. She was from out of town. We had protected sex but unprotected oral. Could that have anything to do with this? It did start right after that.
    Theonething 1 Replies
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    • 07:10 AM
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